Written and Media by Bobby Neal and Andrew Sharp.
With star senior players Nick Marrow, Hamid Camara, and John Dudley leaving the program last season, the Panthers were forced to rebuild. With this being the youngest team in five years that Greenville has had, they were extremely athletic. This offseason, the Panthers are focusing on speed and power.
With all new, young talent the Panthers look to freshly build from the ground up. “Rushing for 800 plus yards in a single game, the young Panthers set a school record and they will build from that accomplishment. There will be more from this group,” said Coach Schomaker.
With many trips made to Minnesota, the Panthers go to know each other better than they thought. Steven Oscar said, “With a visit to the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium, it makes the memories we look upon at the end of the season even better. Hitting the offseason hard is the goal for this spring, along with building a great team environment and living by our vision.” The Panthers want to get above the .500 mark and get the program rolling.
Coach Schomaker explained the team’s mission:
“Our program will be known as a premier small college program, committed to high academic standards, committed to championship play, and living championship lives. We will be a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and loving community of athletes passionate in applying biblical values to our athletic experience. We will be a witness to the culture that it is possible to be fierce, committed football players and play the game in a way that honors Jesus Christ. We will be men who lead courageously and accept responsibility. We will choose commitment over comfort. We will enact justice for the weak. We will leave a legacy that lasts beyond our own lives. We want our athletes to be the best person they can be on and off the field”
Check out this interview of Head Football Coach Schomaker on his take of the season!